• Sweden: Freemuse Award ceremony 2016 in the Eurovision Village

    Two Freemuse Award winners shared the stage when Lavon Volski received the 2016 Freemuse Award in Stockholm on 8 May 2016. The event took place on stage in Stockholm’s Kungsträdgården – which currently has been transformed into the ‘Eurovision Village’. “Belarus has a winner, but…” Stockholm city hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, the world’s […]
  • Sweden: Belarus has a winner in the Eurovision village

    A week before the Eurovision final, Belarus has a winner in the Eurovision Village. Unfortunately he is banned in his home country! On Sunday 8 May, Lavon Volski will receive the Freemuse Award 2016 for his assiduous and fearless fight for freedom of musical expression in Belarus. The award will be presented at the large […]
  • Belarus: Lavon Volski is a free man in an unfree country

    Since the beginning of the 1980s, the Belarusian rock musician Lavon Volski has been one of the most influential cultural personalities in his country fighting for freedom of artistic expression. In May 2016, he is being honoured with the Freemuse Award 2016. By Ingo Petz For more than 30 years now, Lavon Volski has been creating rock and […]
  • Freemuse Award Winner 2016 is Lavon Volski

    Lavon Volski, an icon of Belarusian rock music, is the winner of the 2016 Freemuse Award. His songs are anthems of those who dream of a democratic and free Belarus. Thus Volski since many years has been on the regime’s infamous “black list” of artists never played on national radio and banned from performing. The […]
  • Belarus: Banned musician surprises Minsk metro travellers

    Lavon Volski, one of the most famous rock artists in Belarus, made a surprise performance in the metro of Minsk, the capital of Belarus, on 14 September 2015. Lavon Volski is banned from performing in Belarus. But returning from a performance in United Kingdom where Lavon Volski teamed up with Freemuse, Ramy Essam, Deeyah and […]
  • Belarus: Outspoken musicians endangered

    In May 2014, the Icehockey World Championships will begin in Belarus, and the government of Alyaksandr Lukashenka will do its best to ensure that fans and tourists experience Belarus as a “normal” European country. Lavon Volski is a musicians who wants to “rock” that facade of normality. With his new album he has decided to […]
  • Belarus: Blacklisted musicians play abroad

    Today a number of prominent Belarusian musicians face serious difficulties when they want to perform for the Belarusian public. Playing concerts in neighbouring countries is one of their solutions. Giving concerts in Belarus has become more difficult for many artists. The Belarusian authorities consider them a threat to the regime. In their songs, some bands […]
  • Belarus: Longing for change

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus: Longing for change At the end of the concert, the audience shouted “Zhyvie Belarus!” (Long live Belarus!), which is the cry of those who dream of a democratic and free Belarus. Since 1994 the country has been governed by president Aleksandr Lukashenko who suppresses freedom of opinion and expression and who has […]
  • Belarus: Bans cultivate opposition, says musician

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus:“Bans cultivate opposition”, says musician  In a three year period, musician Ljavon Volski and his rock band N.R.M. – The Independent Republic of Dream – were deprived of the possibility to give concerts and blacklisted in national radio and tv. In an interview he was asked if it is true that bans stimulate […]
  • Belarus: CD with blacklisted Belarusian rock music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus: CD with blacklisted Belarusian music From Germany comes the first album compilation published outside Belarus presenting Belarusian rock music: ‘Belarusian Red Book – Music of Belarus’. Most of the bands on the CD have been blacklisted or censored in their home country The production of the CD was initiated by Ingo Petz […]
  • Belarus: Interview with Belarusian singer Lavon Volski from NRM

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus: A concert is a cry for freedom Interview with Belarusian singer Lavon Volski. He is the lead singer in the rock and punk band N.R.M. – the Independent Republic of the Dreams – which is based in Minsk.Interview by Ingo Petz While tv pictures of the demonstration in Minsk against the presidency […]
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